Can you imagine mating a Lion and a Tigress?
Can you imagine how awesome it would be when a male lion were to be crossed with a tigress?
Male Lion + Tigress = Liger Male Lion + Tigress = Liger http://www.pictures-of-cats.org/lion-vs-tiger.html
It isn’t as if that had not happened yet, on purpose or by accident, because it already did in captivity, in zoos, particularly.
So the liger is a hybrid species between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a female tiger (Panthera tigris). If, on the other hand, the father is a tiger and the mother is a lion, the offspring is called a tigon, but because of its relatively enormous size i.e. being almost twice as large as its parents (weighing 900 to 1500 pounds and reaching 12 feet in height when standing on its hind legs), the liger is more popular than the tigon.
In general, ligers cannot exist in the wild because the respective habitats of their parents, lions being in Africa and tigers in Asia, do not overlap. However, it is interesting to note how they inherit in equal measure the characteristics of their parents in that they love to swim as tigers do and are sociable as lions are.
Moreover, ligers are bilingual or “speak” a mixture of chuff sound typically made by tigers and roar sound that lions make but without the grunts. Also, they have inherited the stripes of their tiger parent and the spots, and sometimes mane, of their lion parent.
Meet The Honeymooners Female (left) and male (right) ligers at Everland
As to questions of fertility, Wikipedia says: “According to Wild Cats of the World (1975) by C. A. W. Guggisberg, ligers and tiglons were long thought to be sterile: In 1943, a fifteen-year-old hybrid between a lion and an ‘Island’ tiger was successfully mated with a lion at the Munich Hellabrunn Zoo. The female cub, though of delicate health, was raised to adulthood.”
It’s curious what would be the result or how it would look if a liger is crossed this time with a leopard!
Finally, Meet the Late Liger Called Hobbs Image via erindalepublishing.com
Ligers have been considered the largest of all known cats in the world and have a life-span of 15 to 20 years, although there are records of others living up to 24 years.
Can they be kept as domestic pets as the cute Chinese liger on this YouTube video?
Not on your life.